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Load up sweet potatoes with chickpeas and tahini for a new favorite dinner

If there’s one thing better than a baked potato, it’s a twice-baked potato. You know the drill: You scoop out the cooked flesh, mix it with some cheesy-fatty goodness, spoon it back into the shells and bake again until it’s bubbling hot and browned, maybe even crispy on top.

Gardening: Careful strategy yields crop of Spokane sweet potatoes

Growing sweet potatoes in Spokane – everyone asks if it’s possible and the usual answer is no. Try telling that to two local WSU Master Gardeners. Phyllis Thayer, who lives on the South Hill, and David Yarbrough, who lives in Colbert, both raised bumper crops thanks to our multiple days of 90-degree temperatures.

Mashed or gratin, sweet or plain, tater must-haves

Mashed potatoes are creamy and comforting. So are whipped sweet potatoes topped with a velvety crust of toasted marshmallows. This time of year, the root vegetables are readily available. In fact, you might even have some in your pantry right now. They can easily be turned into simple yet satisfying sides, if you’re still in need of another dish to round out your holiday dinner.

Sweet potatoes and peanuts need warm soil and weather

A while back I wrote about a couple of growing experiments another gardener and I at the Resurrection Community Garden were trying: sweet potatoes and peanuts. Now that the plants have died down, we can give you the results: Is it possible to grow these southern treats in Spokane?

It was year to try growing two Southern favorites

Many gardeners, myself included, like to experiment each summer with vegetables we don’t normally grow here just to see if this is that one summer we could grow them. Well, this was the summer we’ve been waiting for. Over the years, I have had questions about whether sweet potatoes could grow here. This Southern favorite generally needs more than 100 warm, frost-free days and warm soil to produce their sweet tubers. When I found some Beauregard sweet potatoes slips available locally this spring, I figured it was time to try them. I tucked them into the warmest corner in the garden and started the wait.

Sweet potatoes showing promise

HERMISTON, Ore. – Sweet potatoes might prove to be a sweet crop for Columbia Basin growers. The crop did surprisingly well in 2011 and 2012 trials near Pasco, producing yields comparable to those in Louisiana and California, the top sweet potato-producing states.